Ok, I’ve gone from being peanut butter crazy to bar crazy! They’re just too easy and way too delicious. I’ve been whipping them up so often, and they’ve been turning out so amazingly I can’t not share them with you all!!
Don’t worry though – I have some other amazing (not bar) recipes coming your way soon too!
In the meantime, make these Chocolate Rolo Bars.
If you saw my last post, you know that pouring sweetened condensed milk all over bars makes the ultimate chewy gooey bar. Well, turns out that if you crumble some of the dough on top of the sweetened condensed milk, the whole bar gets even gooier and you still get those amazing pockets of almost-dulce de leche.
These bars have a rich, dense, chocolate-y cookie bar base that pretty much tastes like a fudge brownie. Of course, simple gooeyness wasn’t enough for me, so I threw in a whole bunch of Rolos, just to up the chewy factor. It’s on a whole ‘nother level with these babies.
Of course, it only uses 1/2 a can of sweetened condensed milk (it’s all about the portion control, guys). So, you can A) stick the remainder in the fridge until you make these again in 2 days due to withdrawals (planning ahead!), B) make a half batch of these guys, or C) eat it with a spoon. All completely acceptable and encouraged.
Oh, and did I mention that these only use one bowl? Because let’s be real about doing dishes: who has time for that?!
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons brewed coffee, optional but highly recommended
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1½ cups (6⅜ oz.) all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup (1 oz.) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ bag (8 oz.) Rolos Unwrapped Bites (or chopped Rolos)
- about ½ cup sweetened condensed milk (just about half of one standard 14-ounce can)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute. Allow the butter to cool for one minute. Add the egg, sugars, coffee (water may be substituted but coffee is recommended), vanilla, and stir or whisk vigorously to combine.
- Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and stir until just incorporated.
- Reserve about ⅔ cup dough; set aside. Turn remaining dough out into prepared pan, smoothing it lightly with a spatula. Evenly sprinkle the Rolo bites over the dough. Pour sweetened condensed milk over the top (just eyeball slightly over half of the can as you pour slowly). Using your fingers, lightly crumble the reserved cookie dough over the top in irregular, marble-sized chunks.
- Bake for about 27 to 30 minutes, or until center is mostly set. The sweetened condensed milk should nearly be set in all places, but possibly a little loose in the very center of the pan is okay. Bars firm up more in pan as they cool; don't overbake because you want these to stay soft and gooey.
- Allow bars to cool in pan for at least 3 hours before slicing and serving for the cleanest cut marks (use foil overhang to lift out). Extra bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks